Anderson, Indiana

AU extends “Dreams, Discovery, Direction” campaign

Tue, 2009-11-24 16:08 -- univcomm
November 24, 2009

The Anderson University Board of Trustees recently approved the extension of the $110 million “Dreams. Discovery. Direction.” campaign.  As a result of national and worldwide economic conditions, the campaign has been extended from May 31, 2010 to end on Dec. 31, 2011.  The campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the university’s history and is generating support for endowment and scholarships; facilities and equipment; academic and student programs; and operational needs.  To date, the campaign has raised more than $93 million in gifts and commitments.

cupola1“The Board of Trustees views success for this campaign as more than simply reaching the stated goal of $110 million,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University.  “The campaign has already generated significant gifts for the university—such as the construction of York Seminary Village, support for academic departments and millions of dollars of new endowment funds in support of students.   A short extension will allow our most deeply committed friends and supporters to adequately recover from the current economic downturn and be able to make the kinds of gifts they had intended to provide.”

The public phase of the “Dreams. Discovery. Direction.” Campaign for Anderson University officially launched in October 2006 with major components of the campaign that include $51 million for capital projects, $34 million for endowment and $25 million for operational support.   The last campaign for Anderson University ended in 1999 and raised more than $83 million.

“The University has already realized a significant historic goal by raising over ninety-three million dollars,” said James B. Winner, president of Winner Advisors, member of the Anderson University Board of Trustees and National Campaign Cabinet Co-Chair.  “The ‘Dreams. Discovery. Direction.’ campaign is already a success. This is the largest amount of campaign funds to be raised during the university’s 92 year history.  Yet, there are a number of campaign goals to be realized.  The world-wide economic challenge has impacted our donors and we want to provide them additional time so that they may achieve their philanthropic goals and objectives for this campaign.”

Although the unprecedented economic climate has slowed the anticipated progress of the campaign, Anderson University has realized excellent participation by lead donors, trustees, faculty and staff, and young alumni.  For example, in April of 2008, Anderson University announced a remarkable level of participation from 76 percent of the faculty and staff who contributed more than $2.4 million in gifts and pledges to the “Dreams. Discovery. Direction.” campaign.

“We have been encouraged and gratified by the loyal and generous support of our donors, even in these tough economic times,” said Robert L. Coffman, Vice President for Advancement.  “The action of the board to extend the campaign will give our donors the opportunity to participate in the recovery of the economy fulfill their desire to make the kinds of gifts they really want to make.”

For more information about the “Dreams, Discovery, Direction” campaign for Anderson University, visit or contact the Anderson University Office of Development at (800) 421-1025.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.